Los Angeles in the summertime offers the joys of long beach days, rooftop excursions, and prolonged sunshine. When it comes to the Fourth of July, get-togethers, bonfires, and celebrations are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. But during the time of fireworks, pool parties, and donning American flag apparel, the last thing you want to think about is what to cook.
Have no fear, we’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles where you can dive into plates filled smoky barbecue and tasty sides.
Stop by Max City BBQ in Eagle Rock for a juicy Tri Tip Sandwich topped with a thick helping of tangy coleslaw. If you’re more of a barbecue purist, then try a whole rack of their St. Louis Style Ribs with premium quality, wood-smoked pork.
You also can’t go wrong with their crowd-pleasing barbecue chicken. Their sauces range from mild to spicy, and their rubs saturate the juicy chicken meat.
Address: 4729 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
If you’re looking for a little Mississippi comfort, check out Boogie McGee’s Bayou Smoke House. Try their juicy brisket sandwich. The tender brisket is seasoned overnight, and then slowly smoked for a total of 14 hours. Can you say “melt-in-your-mouth”? Don’t forget an order of their special house sauces–we highly recommend the Voodoo or Bourbon.
This family-run restaurant’s trusted recipes will be a sure-fire hit at your Fourth of July pool party.
Address: 3377 Wilshire Blvd #104, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Not that interested in the smoky goodness that barbecue has to offer? Luckily Humble Potato has you covered with an array of hot dog and burger options. This restaurant merges traditional Japanese flavors with American classics, which results in something entirely new. Here you can turn your ordinary frankfurter into a flavor sensation by choosing the Tokyo Doggu with apple-wood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, soy-pickled jalapeño, nori, and their creamy house sauce. Or try the Little Toyko Doggu, which is topped with a slow-cooked, Japanese style curry, tangy yuzu-jalapeno slaw, finished off with a sunny side up egg.
For a burger, order the Battle Royale, a thick Angus patty covered in caramelized onions, garlic jam, shichimi togarashi, all topped with a fried egg.
Address: 12608 Washington Blvd #b, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Address: 8321 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
On the Fourth of July, you can’t go wrong with soul food. Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen is famous for their fried chicken, but we love their sides too, particularly the candied yams. The sweet and buttery juices allow the sweet potatoes to melt as soon as they touch your tongue.
And you can’t forget about their collard greens. They combine smoked turkey, collards, and a seasoned broth, simmering it over a flame to create the classic Southern side. The cornbread is so popular, regulars line up just to stock up. Everything you need to celebrate is here. Stock up on their fried chicken, cornbread, corn & okra, macaroni & cheese, and red beans, and your guests–and your own stomach–will thank you.
Address: 202 E Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90302
Address: 1714 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90047
Is any Fourth of July celebration complete without dessert? Winston Pies is an LA staple for classic handmade pies. Their Dixie Classic Cherry finds a tasty marriage between being sweet and tart by using whole, fresh sweet dark cherries. Another must includes the Chocolate Cowgirl–a seemingly sinful concoction of gooey caramel mixed with rich Ecuadorian chocolate surrounded by a salted oatmeal crust.
But if we’re celebrating the good ol’ U.S.A., would you ever pass up the opportunity to try their traditional Harvest Apple Pie? The balance of texture and spices makes this an ideal version of the classic Fourth of July treat.
Address: 11678 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Address: 8366 W Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048